Synonyms for (adjective) superficial

Synonyms: superficial

Definition: concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually

Usage: superficial similarities; a superficial mind; his thinking was superficial and fuzzy; superficial knowledge; the superficial report didn't give the true picture; only superficial differences

Similar words: seeming, apparent, ostensible

Definition: appearing as such but not necessarily so

Usage: for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent; the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies; the ostensible truth of their theories; his seeming honesty


Similar words: sciolistic, dilettante, dilettanteish, dilettantish

Definition: showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish

Usage: his dilettantish efforts at painting


Similar words: facile

Definition: arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

Usage: too facile a solution for so complex a problem


Similar words: glib

Definition: marked by lack of intellectual depth

Usage: glib generalizations; a glib response to a complex question


Similar words: looking, sounding

Definition: appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining forms

Usage: left their clothes dirty looking; a most disagreeable looking character; angry-looking; liquid-looking; severe-looking policemen on noble horses; fine-sounding phrases; taken in by high-sounding talk


Similar words: shallow

Definition: lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious

Usage: shallow people; his arguments seemed shallow and tedious


Similar words: skin-deep

Definition: penetrating no deeper than the skin: "her beauty is only skin-deep"


Synonyms: superficial, trivial

Definition: of little substance or significance

Usage: a few superficial editorial changes; only trivial objections

Similar words: insignificant, unimportant

Definition: devoid of importance, meaning, or force